7/16/2010 14:22 EST
AETG are liars and scandalous in every sense of the meanings.
I've been here 3months (I've decided to go back home).
On arriving, I was NOT met at the airport (0010hrs) 1st May, I was unable to contact anyone given no1 was answering mobile phones (management of the company) yet 24hours before my departure to Saudi, I contacted AETG to arrange and verify the meeting at the airport, still to this day I have had no reply, from their guy Salem.
They claimed this was an anomaly and such thing had never happened before. Later that day, other Sudanese and Africans teachers told of their dilemmas similar to mine.
Took 1 week to realise nearly all the teachers had experienced the same, on entering Saudi.
Accommodation I'm unsure of, for females. Yet for western guys, you will be placed into 2 of the contracted hotels, Al-Markan is where I stay, I was shown to a room (number 30) that had Hotel workers sleeping in the sitting room, and on entering the double and single bedrooms, the rooms were a mess, and beds had been slept in. The Hotel workers had been using it for a doss house.
Later (2nd day), the apartment developed smells, which I found to be open drains.
Then there was the cockroach to contend with. Later on day 2, I threatened to return to England unless they moved me. 24HRS after a barrage of arguments with there admin manager AbuFasial, I was moved (I had to literally convince this guy that I was not a liar), as he claimed AETG HAD NEVER HAD SUCH EXPERIENCES BEFORE.
This came to be ‘their catch phrase’.
Later, other teacher told of their experiences similar mine.
Syrian and Egyptian teachers are placed to ‘The Villa’ a rundown house owned by AETG, that stores the excessive pc’s, and classroom furniture, also the academy cleaners (Philippino and Indian) share this house, NO AC, no workable kitchen and the bathroom is from the 1800’s, OH AND THE INSECTS AND COCKROACH’S ARE YOUR NEIGHBOURS, IF NOT ALREADY TAKEN A BED WITHIN YOUR ROOM.
Their admin guy Sire, will take your passport and convince you its procedure (it is for this company, but not the norm, or what the British Embassy would advise YOU to do, give your passport to anyone).
After, being moved to another apartment and fighting to get my passport back, I called this guy (Sire) out, he claimed to have submitted my passport to the ‘Ministry of Labour’, without me 1st undergoing a medical (this is the legal procedure), I took Aziz (CEO) to the admin office and Sire opened the admin 'safe', 1st passport he put his hand to, was mine. I commented that for a Muslim he was a bare faced liar, which he started to shout and deny even though he was caught in his own lie... haaaa.. even when I challenged Aziz AETG (CEO) to say something and reprimand Sire, he walked out of the office.
Seems these guys claim to be 1000% Muslim and follow the Islamic ways, but only when it suits them.
Seems all lairs are welcome to be managers and admin staff at AETG :)
AbuFasial (admin manager) throws his weight around, but when you justify any of your actions to him, he will reply that he knows better, and he prefers to believe and listen to his admin staff (who are liars). In any case Abu won’t listen to any1 but himself, literally.
Aziz (CEO) won't do anything against AbuFasial, as Abu is best friends with the company owner.
Aziz did a PhD at Newcastle Uni (UK), in what subject I'm unsure of (he claims it was IT). Aziz started AETG 9mths ago, in the IT dept as a technician. Yet even with a PhD, all the pc’s and company IT infrastructure is 3rd world; laptops are full of viruses and all are not connected to the internet. The pc’s do more harm then good.
Aziz's man-management skills are 'bare' to say the least, as this is his 1st management position (gained from nepotism), AbuFasial won't listen to anyone but himself, and the English dept head, Kahkany, he's actually ok, but will sit on the fence then to risk his job and do the right thing. Kahkany when confronted to do his job will be sympathetic initially, but to conclude anything in the obvious most common sense of ways (doing the right thing), he will sit and not resolve anything, he'll actually make you believe you did wrong, or in a sense; suggest you were the 1st to instigate wrong doings, or to live with what has transpired/occurred.
Any issues with students, Kahkany will just 'change the teacher', listening and believing the students over the teachers; reason for this, the students pay for the courses, and he needs to make sure the students are happy.
The student entrance test to AETG means nothing, everyone starts at level 1. This way, from the 11 levels offered, in the long run the company make more money, from level 1 through to level 11.
In ‘all’; accommodation can be good if you get to select your room. Don't listen to anything AETG tell you, learn all yourself, from embassies, from past teachers etc.
If you work to a standard, AETG will make sure they strip that from you, to conform exactly to what they want you to do, regardless to the risk of your professionalism.
The foreign work force at AETG is gagged, as they risk losing their jobs, but all are good characters and personalities. This is what actually makes the job bearable. It’s the management that would want you to leave.
Hence I’m leaving next week.
As for female teachers: checkout this link dated March 2010:
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